In my previous blog post, The Top 5 Things to Do BEFORE You Receive Your Order, I told you all about what I did before my product arrived to help boost my results. This time, I’m going to take you through my first month. I’ll tell you how I guaranteed my results, and what results I DID get in that first month.
Despite being an introvert, I knew that I wanted to document my progress. Partially because this meant more accountability, and partially because I knew that this time I was going to be successful and I wanted to have a story to tell. My hope is that these blog posts, and my sharing of my progress has inspired someone else to start/continue their own journey. Looking back through the photos I took when I first started, even today for this blog post, gives me an immeasurable amount of pride. Even if my weight loss were to stop right now (which it hasn’t), I would still feel insanely proud of what I have accomplished, and how far I have come.
I took photos every day of the delicious shakes/snacks I was making.
Back when I began, I wasn’t an employee here at Nutracelle. I was just a regular customer wanting to lose weight! At the time I was a Team Leader for a call center that dealt with mobile phones. I worked shift work, and if you’ve ever worked in the call center world… you know that call centers breed idle eating. What else is there to do while waiting for a call? You snack. Vending machines were always just a few steps away, and we were even located next door to a pizza place where we received discounts. Not exactly the atmosphere for success when you’re looking to lose weight.
I told myself that I had invested in this product, and therefore in myself. I set a strict no-cheat rule. I wasn’t going to do my previous habits of having a “weekly” cheat meal. Those cheat meals always set the tone for an entire weekend of cheating, which lead to start-over Monday, and the vicious cycle continued.
That was my first big post-order-being-received decision. NO cheating for the first 30 days. I really wanted to give this new lifestyle everything I could, so that I could see what kind of results I would see without wavering from my plan.
Back then, Nutracelle didn’t offer our 7-Day weight loss guide. There was no plan laid out as the company was brand new and just getting up and running. However, the plan that IS the 7-Day Kickstart is exactly the plan that I have always followed. Shake for breakfast, shake for lunch, and a low-carb, high-protein meal for supper.
I decided on day one that I would weigh myself every day. I knew I wanted as much accountability as I could possibly get, and what better way to remind yourself of your goals than to weigh in daily. I have heard some people say that they find it hard on their emotions to weigh in daily, but I have found even after all this time, it’s the best way for me to stay on track. It’s a part of my morning routine now. However, I do not let the number on the scale be my only defining metric for success. If the scale number is up (as it does do that), but my clothes are looser… clearly, I’m still doing something right. The scale is just a daily reminder that my day-before decisions may not have been the right ones. It will tell me immediately if I over ate, went over my carbs, etc. I record my weight weekly, on my designated “Weigh-in Day” which is Wednesday.
Left: Post 15 lbs of weight loss, March 2016. Right: 105 lbs down, Nov 2017.
I remember packing my shakes for work and getting a lot of attention from my co-workers. No negative attention, thankfully. I was always very shy about my weight, which seems silly once you think about it. Not talking about it didn’t hide the fact that I was visually morbidly obese. Starting Nutracelle and bringing my shakes with me everywhere started opening up a lot of conversations about my weight that I normally would never have been comfortable talking about. I knew that being public about my new lifestyle would only help keep me more accountable, so I gritted my teeth through the uncomfortable conversations and the result was worth it, tenfold. I now had a team of people that saw me daily, who knew I was focusing on a healthier lifestyle. If I didn’t have my shake, they asked where it was. If I came in with food I had made from home, they asked what it was and congratulated me for sticking to my plan.
Those were my at-work people. Then at home, I had my NutraTalk family. I joined NutraTalk as soon as I placed my order, and I’m so incredibly thankful that I did. The people that I’ve met throughout this journey through NutraTalk have been irreplaceable. They’ve offered support and suggestions where otherwise I may have faltered. I’ve created new friendships with people that are on their own journey as well. We celebrate our successes together, and we make a game plan to conquer our speedbumps.
Along with that support, I have my close friends and family. I have an incredible group of people that are always ready to try new recipes, to keep low-carb snacks around, and just generally give me “that look” if they think I’m too far off my plan. No one is prouder of me than my family, and I wouldn’t be where I am without them and their never-ending support.
Okay, so now you know the plan I followed. (Click the link above if you want to check it out), you know that I took my shakes with me everywhere, you know I made sure that I had a support group, and you know that I told myself I would NOT cheat. Not once. So how did I do?
I’m about to share with you something I’ve never actually shared with anyone. Even to this day, I’ve struggled with telling people how heavy I was when I started. I’m not sure why. The number itself held so much power over me, that no matter how far away I get from it… it still looms over me.
I was so happy with my results, I remember getting that butterfly feeling in my stomach and feeling my eyes water. I was really doing this. I was losing weight.
Did my scale consistently drop that month? No. It didn’t. I had a lot to learn throughout that month, and though I didn’t “cheat” I did learn that while eating low-carb, it’s not a free-for-all. I had to learn how to re-portion my meals, and how to deal with my newly awoken metabolism. I was hungry, whereas before I was never hungry. I was trying to force myself to drink more water and wasn’t consistent in that. It was, and is, a huge learning curve.
But I was doing it. I am doing it.
My one month comparison. Left: Feb 2016, Right: March 2016.
I started hearing compliments from the people that saw me daily. “You’re losing weight!” “Your face is thinner!” “You need to get a new shirt, that one’s too big!” etc. They made me feel so awkward, but so proud at the same time. I had close friends join with me as a result of love of my shakes and low-carb protein snacks, and those friends have had their own incredible journeys.
One of the most common questions that I hear from new members of the Nutrafamily is, “Can you have snacks? If so, what can I have to snack on?” I thought it may be helpful to list my top 5 Protein Treats snacks, as well as my top 5 non-Protein-Treats snacks.
This is one that has taken me the longest to figure out portions and carb counting. Sometimes I crave that sweet and salty crunch, but I also know that there are certain nuts that come with a high calorie, high carb count. Raw almonds are the best to go for me, and pre-hulled sunflower seeds. Cashews and peanuts are higher in carbs and tend to bring more calories.
Join me for the next installment of my journey. I'm going to tell you more about my struggles that I still deal with today, and how I work on overcoming any hurdles that stand in my way.
Thanks for reading!
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If you aren’t personally impacted by a nut-based allergy, there’s a high probability that you know someone who is. CEO & Founder, Melanie Wildman, gives you an inside look about why she created Nutracelle's allergen-friendly protein powder, why nut-free was one of the main priorities, and what it's like living with two children who have life-threatening allergies.
Love this flavor! Definitely appeals to my sweet tooth!
When I opened the bag I couldn't believe how GOOD it smells! It really smells just like fresh picked strawberries. And there are REAL Strawberry flecks in it!!! I watched Melanie's webinar and she said there were dried real strawberries in it, but I didn't realize she meant actual strawberries in it!! omg! I was kind of worried that it would taste like that nestle strawberry milk syrup but it doesn't - it just tastes like you are eating real strawberries. I love that it's not too sweet too. Anyway, if you are thinking about trying it and you like strawberries, you will love this one! I'm changing my monthly order now to make sure I get a bag every month along with the natural I use in everything I eat. I've lost about 7 pounds in the last two months and I just fit back into my favourite jeans again so I'm pumped to get to keep the weight off with strawberry now too! Thank you Nutracelle (and Melanie and Tracy!)
I absolutely love my new cookbook! Such a great selection of recipes and so far every single one I've made is fantastic! Thank you Melanie
The old nutralean was so good and the new blend is even better. Did not thing protein nutralean could get better man it’s better!! And my 2 & 1 year old know what I’m drinking and take my drink all the time for themselves. Love It!!!!
Absolutely loving the new formulas. They mix beautifully with water now... and they taste amazing!
I have trouble finding protein powder I don’t hate. I bought the cafe mocha and chocolate dream to try and didn’t expect to love it but I do!!! It was amazing! No weird after taste or texture. It also came with a shaker cup! I love that the ingredients are all things that I know. Plus it’s made in Canada!
Love these protein powders. Love the recipes...easy and quick!!!
So happy with my product. It’s a great product for anyone who’s on the go and always busy. I can rest easy knowing I’m getting good nutrients, that also taste yummy!
WOW!!! I’m sipping a Pumpkin Spice Smoothie as I’m typing this review. I received my order of the new formulas today and was excited to try it! I’m so impressed with the smooth, creamy consistency and the ease that it blends! 2 thumbs up from me!!!
This will hands down always be my go-to choice for anything protein related. I am glad it does not even taste like i am having a protein supplement. Since I don't enjoy eating meat often, this is the best alternative!
I love the taste! Even when you mix it with just water it has a creamy taste. You can do so much with the variety of flavours, you can not possibly get bored with Nutracelle!
Absolutely the best shake i have ever tried. Such great flavors... I love it! ☺
Product works when you follow guidelines. Always weighed at Doctor's office
believe it or not i've lost 51 lbs in 9 weeks. 30lbs to go...
My whole family loves Nutralean! Great taste and quick shipping.
Nutracelle products are great! Mixes amazingly! No grittiness like those other whey powders. Naturla Nutralean prebiotic protein for baking works awesome to make not just baking, but also make shakes and protein balls. The plain flavour allows incorporation into food without tasting that there is protein powder in it! I would recommend this product to those looking for a good quality protein powder!!
I can literally put it everywhere, whatever food i make i can add some natural protein in it, soup, bake goods, protein balls, pizza dough, etc.
Its amazing and so tasty
I have been in a stall between 208 and 202 for 5 months....in one week of being back on Nutracelle I am now in ONEDERLAND!
The taste and quality of nutracelle is absolutely unparalleled in the protein market. I recommend it to all my friends and family and having been using it daily for almost 2 years now. And still in love!
The Vanilla Cream is a great flavour added to any of my favourite smoothie recipes! Also makes a nice tasting pancake recipe.
Natural Nutralean from Nutracelle is the perfect protein to add to your food!! There is no added taste!! I made a zucchini meat pasta and added 2 scoops of Natural into my meat sauce!! Not only did it give me and my family all the protein we needed for dinner, but it cut back our portion sizes because we felt fuller faster! We have leftovers now for lunches!! I am so happy with my Nutracelle!
The Vanilla Mocha from Nutracelle is to die for!!! If you are like me and need my coffee every morning to function...then this is for you, as it will give you all the energy you need!! It even taste just like something I can get from Tim Horton's but this is good for you to drink every morning!! This is a must for coffee lovers!!!
The Chocolate Dream Protein from Nutracelle is soooo good. Chocolate is my all time favourite snack and with Nutracelle I am able to make these delicious desserts that are actually good for you! This is a must flavour to have!!
Meal plan is realistic and absolutely manageable. My coach checks in post every workout to see if there is any area I struggle in or if maybe the routine was too easy. He is quick at answering any questions I have and is very knowleageable with nutrition and what my body needs to eat and can explain it to me in various ways to make sure I understand as well. I have never worked with someone who is so passionate about fitness and proper nutrition as well as someone who is on top of everything. App is also very user-friendly; super easy to log everything in with a few click so that you dont have to do it urself on paper. Absolutely thrilled to be working with this team to better my fitness life. Highly recommend joining the team!
Nutracelle's Weight Loss kit has made such a huge impact on my life! I was a junk food junky before I found Nutracelle, and now I don't even think about it! It's been months since I've had any kind of junk and I've never felt better! More energy, tons of weight loss, and I've dropped 2 clothing sizes too!! AMAZING!
The weightloss kit has enabled me to wake up each morning knowing that I've got this!! For the first time in my life I've found something that allows me to feel full and satisfied and I can bake and cook with it to curb cravings I have for junky foods! In my first two months I'm down 15 pounds and dropping. Almost everyday there is a decrease on the scale I couldn't be happier!! I'm looking forward to continued success THANK YOU NUTRACELLE!
Nutracelle is the best product I have ever used for protein. All the flavours are fantastic, can't taste the protein. Since I started to take Nutracelle I have consistent energy throughout the day, it keeps me full and satisfied. My recovery from my workouts and running is fantastic. Recommend this product to anyone wanting to lose weight, athletes or to increase your protein intake daily.
Shakes are amazing. I just mix them with (sugar-free) milk and have no problem drinking them. Like at all! I even love the chocolate. I never ever love chocolate protein shakes haha
This Whey protein powder is the most amazing and the most delicious that I have ever tasted.....with it having 30 grams of protein and 10 grams of prebiotic fiber in one serving, not many meals have that so a great way to get that into your diet.....It mixes very well with no clumping and doesn't have the chalky after taste. I find that is is very easy on my stomach as I am lactose intolerant and I have no issues what so ever, it has actually helped with my stomach issues....Love that it mixes very well with just water! I also Love that it is so versatile that I am not just limited to the shakes, that I can use it in my baking and cooking . If I could give it 10 Stars I would.
I have been on nutracelle since January 2017 and absolutely love it!
I'm losing weight and inches, I have so much more energy and it makes me happy! Nutracelle is giving me my life back! #ilovenutracelle
Nutracelle has been the one product that has kept me on track with my weight loss journey. So easy to incorporate into my daily routine and it tastes amazing! Almost all of my immediate family all use and love Nutracelle too!
It tastes amazing & reduces cravings! I'm breastfeeding and was finding my cravings worse than when I was pregnant. I needed something to eat with my meals to help me stay full, be nutritious and curb cravings. This is it!